COWORKQC, a coworking space opening its doors at 102 E. 2nd Street on November 7th, announces three months of free office space for one Quad-City start-up company and one Quad-City based nonprofit. One winner in each category will be chosen for a three-month lease during which they can grow their business without office overhead expense. Small businesses, creatives, entrepreneurs, sole proprietors, and nonprofits are encouraged to enter to win by going online to

“We’re excited about the opportunity to help a new business and a nonprofit get off the ground just as we get off the ground in our new location,” says Amy Sivertsen, co-owner and business consultant. “COWORKQC offers the perfect environment for lift-off — we have an inspiring atmosphere, a fantastic sense of collaboration, and great creative energy.”

The concept of coworking—defined as the use of an office or working environment by people who are self employed or working for different employers, typically so as to share equipment, ideas, and knowledge—is new to some, but has been around for the last decade in larger cities and on the coasts. For millions of Americans (and thousands of Quad Citians) working remotely from their homes or coffee shops, a coworking space offers a place for client meetings, conferences, and events, as well as a professional atmosphere that eliminate the distractions.

Sivertsen, along with her partners, writer Leslie Klipsch and graphic designer Kelly Hancock, have established an atmosphere that they say has proven to inspire productivity while prompting connection in the heart of downtown. “The model of coworking allows individuals to build their business, perfect their craft, and reach their full potential in their unique position or trade. We see this with our current members every day,” Sivertsen says.

COWORKQC, formerly called The Creative Collective and located at Bucktown Center for the Arts, is the first coworking space in downtown Davenport. Since opening its doors in November of 2015, the community has grown rapidly. Memberships range from a $15 drop-in pass to a $500/month small office rental.

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